Lindsey Coubray, a teenager from Wheathampstead, England is allergic to water thanks to a rare condition. She has to avoid everything from crying to sweating, even showering because of it.
The condition, called aquagenic urticaria, affects 230-million people worldwide. And for those like Coubray, touching any water – by swimming, getting caught in the rain, and especially showering – causes super itchy hives and excruciating pain.
To raise awareness, Lindsey started an Instagram account named after the condition, which acts as a community for fellow sufferers. “I felt as though I was a bit lost, but the group has helped to answer many of my questions and it’s been really reassuring,” she says. “They’ve also helped me to find ways to deal with symptoms.